It has been announced that the social media platform Twitter, has sent out hacking alerts to a number of its users. According to various sources, this is the first time any social media platform has issued warnings or alerts via email to a number of its users. Twitter issued warnings to various owners of high-profile accounts, include famous profiles (NGO’S, JOURNALIST, ACTIVISTS…ETC)
TWITTER DOESN’T HAVE MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATTACK
At this point in time, Twitter does not have much information about the current issue on their website. However, Twitter has claimed that they have been attacked by state sponsored hackers.
States sponsored hackers are believed to be used for black hat hacking i.e for stealing sensitive data. Sensitive data includes IP addresses, contact details, and other sensitive details which would help state sponsored hackers.
WHO ARE THE STATE SPONSORED HACKERS?
Many I.T PROFESSIONALS expect various things; some believe North Korea and the Chinese Government might be responsible for the attack on Twitter. According to the warning that was issued by Twitter, the social media platform does not have much information about the attack. As of yet, Twitter hasn’t released an official statement regarding the current issue.
Twitter issued a warning similar to the one received by the Canadian non-profit organization (COLDHAK), via email.
ALERT SEND BY TWITTER TO USER (COLDHAK):
As a precaution, we are alerting you that your twitter account is one of a small group of accounts that may have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. We believe that these hackers (possibly associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain information such as email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers.
At this time, we have no evidence they obtained your account information, but we are
actively investigating this matter. We wish we had more we could share, but we don’t have
any additional information we can provide at this time.
It’s possible your account may not have been an intended target of the suspected activity,
but we wanted to alert you as soon as possible. We recognize that this may be of particular
concern if you choose to tweet using a pseudonym, for tips on protecting your identity online,
you may want to visit the “tor project (https://www.torproject.org)” or EFF’S “Protecting yourself on social Networks”(https:ssd.eff.org/en/module/protecting-yourself-social-networks).
TWEET SHARED BY USERS REGARDING ALERT:
— coldhak (@coldhakca) December 11, 2015
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